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Another leaving speech. I have heard many over the past few years, watching loved ones leave in search of job opportunities or housing security, or as a cure for homesickness. Later, as I lay in bed, I thought about my rate of friend attrition.

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How long until I found myself totally alone? Five years?

My new year resolution was a no-brainer: I must try to make new friends. A lot of young people feel the same.

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This rings painfully true. I go to the gym two or three times a week, yet my visits are silent. I pass through, barely making eye contact, let alone exchanging words.

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They seem very nice, but live a bit too far away to meet. I lose momentum and feel frustrated with the app. I say my frienvs and delete it.

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I count up all the messages I regularly forget to reply to, and the old work colleagues I adored, but lost touch with.